These soft and chewy sugar cookies are a Christmas cookie staple! This no-chill dough sugar cookie recipe is full of simple ingredients and comes together quickly!
These easy Chewy Sugar Cookies are a family favorite, plus there is an easy step-by-step video to help you make the best sugar cookies ever!
A few years ago, I hit the jackpot.
The jackpot of ugly Christmas sweaters, that is.
For years–years!–I had been on a mission to find the perfect Christmas sweater (I have big dreams, guys).
All I wanted was one that was a little bit whimsy, full of personality, slightly tacky, and obnoxiously Christmasy.
I had pretty lofty expectations, and I wasn’t all that hopeful I’d actually meet those expectations. BUT (you knew this was coming), I never expected I would find something that would actually exceed my expectations.
At this hole-in-the-wall thrift store, I found this fantastically tacky, bright red sweater with cartoon cats decorating a tree with the words, “Meowy Christmas” written across the bottom.
Let’s just let that sink in for a sec.
Now, I’m pretty sure this was a handmade, one-of-a-kind sweater someone made for their cat-loving grandma. While I feel marginally guilty wearing it in jest when it was probably made in earnest, it’s probably the most comfortable thing I own.
And I wear it proudly during this season.
And proudly when I eat these chewy sugar cookies (that should be eaten with Peppermint Mocha Donuts, Peppermint Mochas, and Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes–I’d be just fine if the whole world was Peppermint-y and Mocha-y).
Guys, I’m practically a Christmas commercial.
I’m pretty sure it’s a law that sugar cookies must be consumed during the holidays. Right?? It’s practically Scrooge-like to forego the sugar cookie.
Whether they’re cutout sugar cookies, glazed sugar cookies, spicy molasses sugar cookies, or traditional chewy sugar cookies, it would be pretty sad to go through the whole season without the sugar cookie making an appearance (or multiple appearances–I’m not here to judge) in your Christmas life.
We usually do the whole frosted-cutout-sugar-cookies-with-sprinkles (so many sprinkles, in fact, that you still find them on your counter in June), but I opted for something slightly easier this year.
They’re still just as buttery and delicious, but they’re a lot less of a hassle. I mean, you don’t even have to chill the dough first.
Could they be any easier?
Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies Tips & Tricks:
1. First things first, in case you missed it up at the top of this post, this is a no chill sugar cookie recipe, meaning you can bake these cookies right away!
2. Next, when rolling out the dough for this easy sugar cookie recipe, you do not have to flatten the dough before baking in the oven. The cookies will flatten as they bake (one of my favorite parts of this recipe and partially why I declare these the best sugar cookie recipe of my life!).
3. This is a basic sugar cookie dough recipe, but these soft sugar cookies turn out great every single time! Sometimes a classic cookie recipe is really all you need (because #comfortfood).
Rich, buttery, and chewy. Sugar done right.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract,optional, but it adds an extra layer of flavor
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for dipping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or coat with baking spray).
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract; beat until combined.
Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl every now and again.
Roll dough into 1" balls, and roll in sugar.
Place on baking sheet, about 2" apart. Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until cookies have set.
Allow to cool.
Feel free to frost them or cover them with a glaze, if desired.
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